A lifetime of inequity—whether racial, economic, or gender-based— is compounded in old age.
There is now a profound demographic shift underway. Across the nation, adults 65 and older are the fastest-growing age group. Here in California, the older adult population is expected to increase by at least 40 percent by 2030. Along with this increase in population will also come increased inequity amongst older people. Embedded ageism has further prevented us from harnessing the assets and talents of older adults, advocating for equitable public policy, and preparing our systems and infrastructure as we age.
Aging Intersections is a growing new network formed out of a recognition that philanthropy can do more to erase the disadvantages that older adults– both from communities of color, and those who are economically insecure – face in our society. The Network is focused on supporting direct service provision and transforming the systems that support our diverse communities as we age. We are the first collaborative focused on equity in aging, using an intersectional approach that seeks to call out age in philanthropy’s efforts to advance justice.